East Coast Sound

caldwell, nj chapter of the barbershop harmony society


East Coast Sound is a barbershop chorus based in northern New Jersey.  The chorus was originally formed in 2007 under the name Tristar Chorus in order to compete in the Barbershop Harmony Society's inaugural Youth Barbershop Chorus Contest in January of 2008 down in San Antonio, Texas as part of the Society's International Midwinter Convention.  Since then, the East Coast Sound has been the only youth chorus to compete at every subsequent midwinter convention, competing again in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  Following changes made to the Youth Barbershop Chorus Contest, East Coast Sound chartered as an official Society chapter in early 2015 to begin competing in the Mid-Atlantic District.  A youth chorus program persists under the umbrella of ECS.  This youth chorus competed in Reno, NV at the 2016 International Youth Chorus Contest, earning the highest honor of "Superior" for the third straight year and was named International Plateau AAA Champions!  The chapter proper went on to win the 2016 Northern Division Chorus Championship, and thereafter had the tremendous honor of finishing in 3rd Place in the 2017 Mid-Atlantic District Chorus Contest.


Music Leadership


Dave Ammirata

Assistant Director

Will Downey

Section Leaders

Paul Franek (tenor)

Dave Ammirata (lead)

Will Downey (bass)

Joe Servidio (baritone)

Visual Leader

Paul Franek

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Chapter Quartets

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Annual Show

On July 23rd, 2017, East Coast Sound held our second annual show!  Thank you to everyone who helped us make it a success.  Stay tuned for news on the 2018 show!


Youth Program

East Coast Sound exists as the Caldwell, NJ Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  However, we spent 8 years as a youth chorus whose sole purpose was to bring youth into barbershop and compete every year at the International Midwinter Convention.  When we chartered, we decided immediately that we would not allow our youth focus to fall to the wayside. 

On February 3rd, 2018, East Coast Sound is proud to be co-sponsoring Jersey Harmony Explosion alongside the Dapper Dans of Harmony.  See below for details!

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You can reach us at any of the following locations: